Robert "Brownie" Brown
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Robert "Brownie" Brown
Robert "Brownie" Brown, 74, passed away on April 10, 2021, after succumbing to a sudden and brief illness.
Brownie was born on July 22, 1946 in The Dalles, Oregon, to Ralph and Emma Brown. In 1952 they made their way to Santa Rosa, CA, where they raised their young family. Bobby was an athlete his whole life, excelling in both baseball and basketball. A proud panther, he graduated from SRHS in 1964. He went on to play baseball at Cal State LA and returned to Northern CA after graduation.
Back in Santa Rosa, Brownie worked his way up through the ranks at Angell Distributing and eventually became part-owner with Bob Angell at the Mendocino County location, thanks to his amazing work ethic. He was passionate about the beer business and his work hard/play hard attitude was admired by many. "Go, go, go!" was always his philosophy.
After retiring in 2009, Brownie spent his time golfing, exercising, traveling, reading, rooting for the SF Giants and spending time with his five grandchildren. In 2015 he moved with his wife Jan to the Boise, Idaho area where they continued to golf, exercise, fish and travel.
He is survived by his loving wife Jan, daughters Emily (Rod) and Katie (Dave), and grandchildren Olivia, Amaya, Gabriella, Max and Sam. He is also survived by his siblings: Mary Covington (Marilyn), Judy Lucas (Gary), Doug Brown (Lynne) and many nieces and nephews.
We will all miss our goofy and loving "Brownie/Bob/Papa" so very much but will undoubtedly find comfort in all of our great memories of him. He will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Papa.

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Published in Press Democrat from Apr. 17 to Apr. 19, 2021.
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April 17, 2021
Brownie was the best teammate and friend from Little League through the Santa Rosa Elks. The memories of his key hits and selfless play abound. He will be missed.
Bill & Diana Zollner
April 17, 2021
Uncle Bob,
I applauded your zest for life! You were always on the move, keeping fit, staying competitive and in the game. I will never forget sitting in the bleachers, munching on mom’s fried sweetbreads at so many of your evening softball games in Howarth Park. I will always remember our “friendly” toss the football events in front of grandma’s house on Howard Street that always turned competitive with you and Doug bantering as to who bested the other as quarterback. It was hilarious playing Pictionary with you at family gatherings. You and mom routinely paired up as partners, trying hard to win, but without a hope in hell given your insane “clues” and inability to draw! LMAO!
Even as I became an old lady, you never missed sending a birthday card every year. I am so appreciative of having made the trip to visit with you in Idaho not long ago. It was clear you were very happy in your Idaho community...a gorgeous new home, immaculate as always...Jan had the larger closet, but you still found room for the essential man cave. I will miss your smile. I will miss your laughter. I will forever be blessed that you were my loving uncle whom I will always hold dear in my heart. RIP dear uncle ❤.
Cheryl Lucas
April 17, 2021
Uncle Bob was a guy with a very quick wit. His sense of humor was delightful to be around. Life is challenging and if we can’t inject a bit of ‘goofiness’ into it; then it can be pretty mundane. Bob understood the need for humor and ‘light hearted ness’, definitely will be missed.
Michael Lucas
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